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Tuesday, 10 November 1959

Sir EARLE PAGE (COWPER, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I desire to ask the Minister for Health whether his attention has been drawn to the recent deaths of fifteen head of cattle and the severe illness of another 80 after two dippings in rucide and a third in arsenic. Do scientists agree that an initial wetting with rucide enables arsenic to penetrate the system of the dipped animal much more quickly and fiercely? Has rucide, used separately, proved to be a much safer dip than arsenic, and will he make investigations to ascertain whether disaster occurs more frequently with alternate dippings of rucide and arsenic? Will he also investigate the feasibility of charging all dips in the Clarence River areas with rucide so that the campaign scheduled to commence on 1st January may be conducted with safety and expedition, thus ensuring the confidence and full support of stockholders?

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